Netanyahus bureau chief resigns

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bureau chief resigned over a sexual harassment scandal.

Under a plea agreement signed Feb. 20, Natan Eshel resigned from his position and promised to never again work in civil service.

Eshel admitted to unprofessional behavior with a female subordinate. The woman, known only as R, has refused to press charges or testify against him.

Some 16 co-workers testified to the Civil Service Commission that Eshel had an inappropriate relationship with R. He is accused of stalking R, reading her emails and taking inappropriate photos of her.

Bureau director Gil Sheffer was named to replace Eshel.  — jta